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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
734. Liz
 
Robert Williams Buchanan (1841–1901)
 
 
THE CRIMSON light of sunset falls
  Through the grey glamour of the murmuring rain,
And creeping o’er the housetops crawls
  Through the black smoke upon the broken pane,
Steals to the straw on which she lies,        5
  And tints her thin black hair and hollow cheeks,
Her sun-tanned neck, her glistening eyes,—
  While faintly, sadly, fitfully she speaks.
But when it is no longer light,
  The pale girl smiles, with only One to mark,        10
And dies upon the breast of Night,
  Like trodden snowdrift melting in the dark.
 

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